This sugar-free braided ring cake looks complex, but it's so easy to make, it'll make you feel like a professional. It's made from wholesome ingredients like spelt flour and completely sugar-free, thanks to the addition of xylitol. You can choose from two fillings: one is made with coconut oil and has a rich, buttery coconut flavor that complements the cinnamon while the other is made with almond butter, which enhances the flavor of the crunchy almonds in the filling.

Sugar-Free Cinnamon Almond Ring Cake [Vegan]

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Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • Scant 1/4 cup coconut sugar or xylitol
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil at room temperature or 1/4 of almond butter (preferably made with toasted almonds)
  • About a 1/4 cup toasted chopped almonds

For the Dough:

  • 2 1/4-2 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fine salt
  • 3/4 cup, plus 1 1/2 tablespoons warm non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or xylitol

For the Optional Decoration:

  • Xylitol, ground into powder
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Preparation

  1. In a bowl, combine coconut sugar or xylitol, cinnamon powder, and almond butter or coconut oil until a paste forms.
  2. Preheat oven to 355°F.
  3. To make the dough, mix warm milk, the coconut sugar or xylitol, and the coconut oil in a bowl.
  4. In another bowl mix the yeast, the baking powder, and 1 3/4 cups spelt flour.
  5. With a wooden spoon, combine the contents of the two bowls mix well.
  6. Slowly add the remaining flour until a dough comes together and is easy to handle. You may need more or less flour, it depends on its quality. Knead for 5 minutes and let stand 10 minutes.
  7. Put the dough on a sheet of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangular shape about 1/5-inch thick. Sprinkle the prepared filling over the dough and top with chopped almonds.
  8. Roll the dough into a cylinder shape. Cut in half lengthwise.
  9. Braid the two cylinders together and join the two ends to form a ring. Place on a tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let it cool down on a wire rack.
  10. After cooling, you can sprinkle with ground xylitol until powdered.
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